Breaking News in Nigeria Today : Thursday 26th March 2020

Breaking News in Nigeria Today Thursday 26th March 2020

Here are some of the Breaking News in Nigeria Today Thursday 26th March 2020 on some of the nation newspapers .

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COVID-19: Nigeria records 46 cases, two persons confirmed positive

The Federal Government yesterday confirmed two new additional cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the country. One of the cases was recorded in Lagos State and the second in Osun State. According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), both new cases were said to be travellers who returned back into the country seven days ago. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 46. Lagos State now records 30 cases of Coronavirus, FCT has eight, Ogun has three cases, Ekiti has one, Oyo records one case,…

COVID-19: Arewa youths task FG on Oyedepo

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has urged the federal government to question the flouting of the directive on the government ban on large gatherings by Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, following the spread of COVID-19 virus pandemic. In a statement issued by the President of the Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, the group said it found it amusing that the clergyman is still walking the streets of Nigeria freely despite flouting the ban, stating that it found the attitude of Pastor Oyedepo as flagrant disobedience to…

COVID-19: Atiku seeks palliatives for Nigerians, pledges N50m support

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has called on the federal and state governments to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians who would be affected by social and economic lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. The former vice president also wants the National Assembly to reconvene in an emergency session, by teleconference, to legislate a Stimulus Package Act that would cater for all Nigerian citizens. The American President Donald Trump has proposed a stimulus bill of $1,000 for every American adult, and $500 for kids, to mitigate the effect of the virus on…

FIRS retires old directors, hires new ones

In line with ongoing internal reforms to reposition Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) towards achieving its N8.5 trillion tax target, its board has approved the appointment of four Coordinating Directors (CD) and two Group Leads (GL) in acting capacity. The board also approved retirement of all Directors that had served eight years. The changes were approved by FIRS board at its emergency meeting which held last Friday, March 20. FIRS Director, Corporate Communications, Dr. Abdullahi Ahmad confirmed the development. During the meeting, the board approved the retirement of all directors…

FG receives preventive, treatment commodities from China

The Federal Government has received a cargo aircraft filled with commodities for prevention and testing for COVID- 19 (coronavirus), from Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma. Ma had promised to assist the African continent with commodities for tackling the spread of COVID-19 in the continent. He kept his word when the Federal Ministry of Health was asked to send an aircraft to get the items from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdullahi Mashi, who received the items on behalf of the Federal Government, used the occasion…

Tension in Edo as Speaker tests positive to virus

There was anxiety in Edo State yesterday as Governor Godwin Obaseki went into self-isolation over the scourge of the deadly Coronavirus. This is as the state government disclosed that the index case in Edo State is the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Frank Okiye. Okiye tested positive to the Coronavirus and is now in stable condition and also receiving treatment. Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Philip Shaibu, disclosed these during a press briefing held at the Government House, Benin. Shaibu said that a total of 111 persons…

Group lauds FG over action on COVID-19

ACentre for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) yesterday commended the Federal Government for its proactive action towards curbing the spread of COVID-19 by shutting down the nation’s airports to international flights. The National Coordinator of the group, Sheriff Mulade, in a statement made available to journalists, also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for other proactive steps taken by reducing petroleum pump price through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in order to ensure that the fight against COVID-19 is adequately sustained. He stated that the Federal Ministry of Health and other…

A’Ibom: Health professional bodies chide govt over COVID-19

A coalition of healthcare professional bodies in Akwa Ibom State has criticised the state government for not putting adequate measures in place to contain the Coronavirus pandemic in the state. The healthcare professional bodies comprise the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) and the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN). At a meeting yesterday in Uyo, the state capital, the coalition after considering the preventive measures taken to contain the coronavirus pandemic, scored the government very low.…

COVID-19: Delta, religious leaders agree on social distancing

The Delta State Government has agreed with religious leaders to enforce social distancing in worship centres across the state. The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, disclosed this in Asaba yesterday, while briefing journalists on the outcome of meetings between the State Task Force on COVID-19 and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Muslim groups in the state. He said that the state government was concerned about the health of Deltans and, therefore, directed that not more than 50 persons should be allowed in worship centres across the state. “For…

COVID-19: Diri denies meeting Abba Kyari, commends isolation centre

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has applauded the facilities at the Bayelsa State Isolation Centre, saying the state government was taking proactive measures towards ensuring that Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) was not spread to the state. He, however, denied meeting with the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, before he was tested positive to the ravaging coronavirus pandemic. Diri, who visited the state isolation centre located at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital in Okolobiri yesterday, also disclosed that as at the time he met his…

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